Draft Lottery Offers Chance for Attack “First”

The Ontario Hockey League will conduct its first ever Priority Selection Draft Lottery tonight and for the Owen Sound Attack organization it offers a chance at doing something they have never done before, pick first overall. The Attack’s consistent success normally precludes the organization from a pick early in each round, however, the pandemic has positioned the Attack in an equal opportunity position to every other team in the OHL heading into Wednesday nights festivities.

In most years, selecting first overall can be a blessing, however, limited scouting opportunities this past season combined with this years draft being conducted in a serpentine order, could make that scenario a little more risky.  Holding the top pick means a team will have to wait 39 picks before selecting a second player.  Is this a year that picking in the middle of a round could be of more value?  Time will tell.

“It’s really the only fair way to move forward and put teams into an alignment” said Attack General Manager Dale DeGray, when asked about the draft lottery.  “We’ll all have to keep our fingers crossed and hope we can get one of the early pics.”

Since instituting the current OHL Priority Selection model in 1991 the Attack have picked in the top five only six times taking Jeff Smith in 1991 (second overall), Richard Power in 2000 and Stephen Shipley in 2008 (third overall) and Wayne Primeau in 1992, Daniel Lacosta in 2000 and Jarrod Maidens in 2010 (4th overall).  See full first round history at the bottom of this article.

“Our history has always been to pick near the middle or the end of the draft. It would be a great luxury to have some luck and pick early. My plan has never been to pick in those top four positions” added DeGray.

Heading into the 2021 OHL Priority Selection, presented by Real Canadian Superstore, the Attack hold will pick 12 times in 15 rounds, holding their own pick in the first, third, fifth, seventh, ninth, 10th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th rounds.  The Attack also hold the rights to the Guelph Storms third round pick and the Kingston Frontenacs fifth round pick.

Watch the drama unfold by tuning in to the first ever OHL Priority Selection Draft Lottery live on the OHL YouTube channel tonight at 7pm.  You can also watch a draft lottery show on Rogers tv Grey County starting at 7pm.  Rogers customers in our region can watch the showing by tuning into channel 53, alternatively you can catch the show streamed live on the Rogers tv Grey County website, simply click the link at the bottom of this article.

Full First Round History

Pick Name (POS, Year)
1 No Picks
2 Jeff Smith (RD, 1991)
3 Richard Power (RD, 2000), Stephen Shipley (C, 2008)
4 Wayne Primeau (C, 1992), Daniel Lacosta (G, 2002), Jarrod Maidens (C/LW, 2010)
5 No Picks
6 Wes Goldie (RW, 1996)
7 Adam Mair (RW, 1995), Bobby Ryan (LW, 2003)
8 Shane Kenny (LD, 1993), Dave Stephenson (RD, 1997), Michael D’Orazio (RD, 2006), Joey Hishon (C, 2007), Jacob Middleton (LD, 2012), Victor Mete (RD, 2014)
9 Matt Osborne (RD, 1994), Chris Minard (C, 1998), Curtis Crombeen (LD, 2009), Marcus Phillips (LD, 2015)
10 Brad Richardson (RW, 2001), Aidan Dudas (C, 2016), Deni Goure (C, 2019), Cedrick Guindon (C, 2020)
11 No Picks
12 Payton Like (LW, 2004)
13 No Picks
14 Greg Jacina (LW, 1999), Nick Suzuki (C, 2015)
15 Nolan Seed (LD, 2018)
16 No Picks
17 Ethan Szypula (C, 2013)
18 No Picks
19 Josh Bailey (C, 2005)
20 Zach Nastasiuk (RW, 2011), Mitchell Russell (C, 2017)


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